Advantages Cute, non offensive voice
Disadvantages Little educational and interactive value, too hard to really cuddle
Easter used to be a time of painting hard boiled eggs, a small stack of chocolate and fluffy bunny ears, but now, with society aiming to be healthy and so much pressure on mums and dads to make their kids eat healthily, things in my family at least have changed. In place of the chocolate comes small gifts. This year was Elsa's first Easter and one of the gifts she received from her granddad was the "Leapfrog Roll & Rhyme Learning Lion"
The interactive features are quite simple and come in 2 sections- Daytime and Night time. When the picture on lions tummy shows the day time the tune is quite lively and activities focus more on the day, when the picture shows night time the music is more subdued and melodic and the song is about how lion is sleepy and going to bed. It's a really sweet toy. Lion has a small pink heart shaped button on his tummy above the roll screen, when this is pressed the screen lights up for a moment highlighting the picture within the screen. In the different modes you are taught animals, colours, sounds and even encourages movements giving a few actions that can be followed.
I wouldn't say she's learnt much from lion as his educational function is quite small, she could already roar but its cute watching her join in with lion. The poor chap can only manage a small bit of his song now the batteries are low but that doesn't seem to bother her, she still spins the barrel in the tummy and presses on the heart button to try and get the light to work.Her older brother Christopher (who's 3) also likes the toy, but he loves animals and lions in particular so it's no surprise he's taken to the toy. Lion holds little educational value for him though as he already knows the animals names and sounds and also already knows his colours. I think the joy for him comes from the tug of war they have to gain possession of the toy.
Our lion tends to be kept at nanny and granddads house which I think is perhaps why he has kept them interested as long as he has, I'm not sure if he was with us day to day that they would pay him too much attention in comparison to their other toys.
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